I wanted to blog about this subject for a while. Some of you may have already seen my views on several posts on Facebook.
First, since I am a Dutch citizen and a legal resident of the United States I cannot vote in American elections.
This doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion of course.
This brings me directly to my first opinion.
I find it really strange that, as a legal resident of the US, I cannot vote for the leaders of the country I live in.
I pay taxes, pay social security, contribute to the economy of the US but have no say in who should represent me in office.
Of course some people may say that I can vote in the Dutch elections but what good is that going to do for me?
I don’t live there, I don’t pay taxes there, I don’t contribute to their economy so voting there is useless for me.
Other people may say that I should become a US citizen. Here is what I have to say about that:
Becoming a US citizen a) costs money and b) you have to take a test that most Americans won’t even pass themselves.
I do very bad on tests. I can know all the material but at the moment of the test my mind goes blank and I fail the test.
It took many written tests for driving licenses (both here and in Holland) for me to finally pass it.
I know I will eventually do it and become an American citizen.
Okay, back to the elections.
This year it is Barack Obama against Mitt Romney for the presidential elections.
Like every elections we get bombarded with ads on the radio and TV and every time I get sick to my stomach when I hear ads that are so focused on saying how bad the other person is and how bad they do. I call them “bash-the-other-guy” ads. It makes me sick and there are so many of them which also makes me sick.
To me every politician that engages in or endorses that kind of advertising gets no respect from me.
I want to hear what you are going to do for the American people.
Media attention on elections (especially by CNN) is just way over the top. It’s almost like there is no other news out there anymore.
When I open the CNN app on my cell phone, the top stories tab all have to do with the elections. I have to go to the US tab to actually see other news.
And then the phone calls. Our number is listed on the do-not-call list from the government but politicians during election time constantly call us with recorded messages.
Either they are exempt from the do-not-call list themselves or they are simply ignoring the list.
Either way that practice is inexcusable.
So, the numerous negative ads, the extensive media attention, and the unwanted phone calls are three reasons I hate election time.
Then there is Facebook.
I enjoy reading status updates of my friends on Facebook but during election time I see so many political posts (I have shared some myself too) but some people just post too much about the elections.
Some people’s posts are the same as the negative ads I hate so much. I understand you have an opinion but posts that compare candidates to Hitler is just going too far.
Posts using the N-word for Barack Obama is ridiculous.
One of the main things I learned when I grew up is to have respect for other people. Shooting a candidate down on such a level is disturbing.
Now for the candidates.
Barack Obama has promised a lot of things when he was elected four years ago.
Some things he has accomplished, some things he has not. Health Care for everyone for instance was passed. Though I think it’s a good thing for every American to have health insurance, it should not be at the cost of the current insured who have seen their health insurance premiums go up.
Nor do I think people should be forced to have health insurance. What if you are struggling (very easy in this economy) and you have to choose between putting food on the table or pay your health insurance. Easy choice, right? Well, that choice will now cost you.
Other promises President Obama made were simply shot down and blocked by the other party because they have a majority in congress or the senate.
This will not change if Mitt Romney should become president. Democrats will then do everything to block and shoot down anything he brings to the table.
And that is where the fundamental problem is.
No matter who is in office, the other party will make it so difficult for the president.
This party-war is, in my opinion, the reason why our economy is in a virtual standstill and not a whole lot improves.
I believe that if both parties would simply put aside their differences for as long as it takes to fix the economy and put their heads together as a TEAM we could actually see improvements in the economy.
Honestly, I am little worried if Mitt Romney becomes president he may send us in another senseless war somewhere where more American soldiers will lose their lives and where the world is going to hate America even more.
As for President Obama, I don’t know how much he would be able to accomplish if the blocking of the other party continues.
I believe we should bring all our troops home and stop trying to solve other countries’ problems which will only make the world hate us.
It will save us money by not wasting our military material overseas. Deploy the troops here to really make our own country’s borders safe.
Illegal immigration needs to stop and it needs to stop right now!
It makes me mad to see illegal immigrants get all sorts of privileges and I had to go through stacks of paper work to come here legally.
I say, do not penalize the illegal immigrants that are here but send them back and tell them they can come back the legal way.
This will open up more jobs for legal unemployed who will pay taxes. It helps the unemployment and it helps with tax revenue.
Bring jobs from overseas back to US. IT companies are prime examples. Every software and hardware manufacturer’s tech support is in India.
Bring those jobs back to the US if you are a US company.
Manufacturing can be difficult as it will cost more to manufacture the products here and it will be hard to compete with overseas based companies but we should try.
What happened to the alternative fuel plan so widely discussed 4 years ago. bring that back and actually work on it.
So, there you have it. My opinion.
Good luck with the elections America, choose wisely.